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NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: February 2024

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: February 2024

19 February 2024

The NAB Rural Commodities Index in January increased for the third month in a row. The index increased 2.2% month-on-month, and is back around levels seen in May 2023.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: February 2024

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: December 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: December 2023

20 December 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index increased in November after declining for each of the past thirteen months. The index increased 3.5% month on month, retracing its October fall to be slightly above its September level.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: December 2023

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: November 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: November 2023

20 November 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index eased further in October, having now declined for each of the past twelve months. Our index fell by 1.8% mom, leaving it 35.0% below the peak for rural prices in June 2022.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: November 2023

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: October 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: October 2023

16 October 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index continued to fall in September –the eleventh month in a row it has declined –down by 4.6% mom. The index is now 34% below the peak in rural prices back in June 2022.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: October 2023

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: August 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: August 2023

15 August 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index continued to decline in July – down by 2.1% mom. This was the ninth month in a row to record declines, with the index now 29.6% below the peaks recorded in June 2022.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: August 2023

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2023

17 July 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index fell again in June, down 2.2%, having recorded eight consecutive monthly declines. The index is now 28.1% below June 2022 levels.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2023

Report

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2023

21 June 2023

The NAB Rural Commodities Index has continued to fall over autumn and into winter, largely reflecting steep declines in cattle and lamb prices.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2023

Report

From strength to strength

From strength to strength

1 June 2023

Download the latest NAB Regional and Agribusiness Horizons Report for data-led insights on the state of play in regional and rural Australia.

From strength to strength

Report

SCIG rises to challenge of workforce recruitment

SCIG rises to challenge of workforce recruitment

10 January 2023

For a business that started from a ute, Southern Cross Industrial Group has come a long way. A big reason for its success is its laser focus on attracting and developing the best talent.

SCIG rises to challenge of workforce recruitment

Article

Why supplier trust is a priority for ACM

Why supplier trust is a priority for ACM

10 January 2023

Honesty, transparency, integrity: that’s the mantra Australian Consolidated Milk brings to its relationship with suppliers and it’s paying off in trust and loyalty.

Why supplier trust is a priority for ACM

Article

NAB Regional Supply Chain Insights

NAB Regional Supply Chain Insights

31 August 2022

Hear from business experts on supply chain issues and opportunities - the impact on regional & agribusinesses, and how businesses are adapting

NAB Regional Supply Chain Insights

Insight

Livestock in focus

Livestock in focus

27 July 2022

Podcast: Livestock solutions 101 - to help take advantage of a strong outlook.

Livestock in focus

Podcast

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2022

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2022

21 July 2022

The last month has brought big changes for Australian agriculture, with global growth concerns hitting many commodity prices, but seasonal conditions still mostly supportive and further signs that input costs are stabilising.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: July 2022

Insight

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

28 June 2022

Since last month’s wrap, we have seen further gains in most agricultural commodity prices, tentative signs of a stabilisation in fertiliser prices, combined with a lower AUD and a weakening global growth outlook.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

Report

Australia’s regional consumers in focus

Australia’s regional consumers in focus

28 June 2022

In this excerpt from the new NAB Regional & Agribusiness Horizons Report Dean Pearson, Head of Behavioural & Industry Economics at NAB, highlights key differences in attitudes and behaviours among city, regional and rural dwellers – including the finding that rural and regional Australians are happier.

Australia’s regional consumers in focus

Article

Land of Opportunity

Land of Opportunity

25 May 2022

Download NAB’s Regional & Agribusiness Horizons Report for compelling new insights into regional and rural Australia.

Land of Opportunity

Article

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: May 2022

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: May 2022

17 May 2022

Since last month’s wrap, we have seen three key changes, namely more rain forecast, ongoing inflationary pressures making central banks more hawkish and a materially weaker global economic outlook.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: May 2022

Report

Flavorite sons just keep on growing

Flavorite sons just keep on growing

8 February 2022

Twenty-nine years ago, when their first ever tomato crop was destroyed by rain and hail, Warren Nichol and Mark Millis were convinced there must be a better way.

Flavorite sons just keep on growing
Regional revolution: Why the pressure’s on rural Australia

Regional revolution: Why the pressure’s on rural Australia

16 November 2021

Call it a treechange, call it a search for opportunity… whatever the reason, many Australians are swapping the city for a rural idyll. Regional Australia Institute CEO Liz Ritchie discusses the implications and opportunities of this migration.

Regional revolution: Why the pressure’s on rural Australia

Article

NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

21 October 2021

Cybercriminals are targeting Australian businesses at unprecedented rates, and a strong cyber security program has never been more important.

NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

Webinar

Why agribusiness succession planning should start now

Why agribusiness succession planning should start now

18 December 2020

Generational wealth transfer can be a challenge for any family but on the land the stakes can be even higher. Here, expert advisers reveal why it’s never been more important for agribusiness owners to start planning for the next generation.

Why agribusiness succession planning should start now

Article

Using heritage for 21st century export success

Using heritage for 21st century export success

13 September 2018

Rutherglen’s Campbells Wines has lived through the global rise, fall and resurrection of the Australian wine industry. Current head of the winery Colin Campbell discusses how this fifth-generation business structures itself for export success in the 21st century.

Using heritage for 21st century export success
Listening and responding to regional Australia

Listening and responding to regional Australia

13 September 2018

NAB customer and former Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson has joined NAB’s regional listening tour, conducting community consultations across regional Australia, starting with a visit to Gunnedah in the drought-stricken region in northern NSW.

Listening and responding to regional Australia
Fundamentals are good for Australian Agriculture

Fundamentals are good for Australian Agriculture

27 August 2018

The nation’s thoughts are with drought-afflicted farmers. As distressing as their current circumstances are, the encouraging news is that underlying economic conditions remain positive and will help them bounce back once the drought breaks.

Fundamentals are good for Australian Agriculture
Top of the hops: the growers dominating Australia’s beer

Top of the hops: the growers dominating Australia’s beer

14 June 2018

If you like a schooner of beer, it’s likely you’ve sipped a brew made with hops from Hop Products Australia. Having weathered this boom-bust industry, and as Australia’s largest hops grower today, the team at HPA is passionate about these little cone-like flowers – and about bringing distinct fresh flavour to every glass.

Top of the hops: the growers dominating Australia’s beer
Beef Australia is a wrap

Beef Australia is a wrap

17 May 2018

Beef Australia is a wrap for another three years. The NAB Agribusiness team had an amazing week, catching up with customers and industry leaders, and learning a lot about where the industry’s heading.

Beef Australia is a wrap
Sustainable business changes the face of remote communities

Sustainable business changes the face of remote communities

6 March 2018

The award-winning Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation has created jobs in some of Australia’s most isolated communities. CEO Alastair King explains how ALPA is creating the jobs that are key to building successful communities in remote locations.

Sustainable business changes the face of remote communities
Moses & Son: Determined to recharge Australia’s wool industry

Moses & Son: Determined to recharge Australia’s wool industry

21 February 2018

The grandeur of Australia’s wool industry is visible in the huge old wool stores standing tall all over our cities. Moses & Son’s Martin Moses wants Australian wool to rise again – and says the next generation of sheep farmers has the power to take on the world.

Moses & Son: Determined to recharge Australia’s wool industry
Consider all the options when buying new equipment

Consider all the options when buying new equipment

7 January 2018

While there are many things to consider when buying new equipment to make your business more productive, one of the most important is finding the best way to finance the purchase. NAB Agribusiness General Manager Khan Horne is urging customers to carefully consider all available options.

Consider all the options when buying new equipment
Small town, big potential: City folks’ tree change

Small town, big potential: City folks’ tree change

14 November 2017

Moving to a regional town might seem a career-limiting step but for entrepreneurial Australians with an eye for untapped market opportunities the opposite can apply. Business View meets two former city-slickers achieving success in country Australia.

Small town, big potential: City folks’ tree change
Sunny Queen sells happiness in an eggshell

Sunny Queen sells happiness in an eggshell

13 October 2017

It’s not just nutritional benefits and old-fashioned happiness behind the Sunny Queen egg story – the company’s embrace of digital marketing includes giving an egg its very own blog. The strategy is working.

Sunny Queen sells happiness in an eggshell
Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers

Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers

10 October 2017

Artisans of Barossa, a collaboration of six winemaker mates, was born following a business growth decision to band together under the one umbrella brand. The result has been a host of benefits for both the individual business owners and their beloved wine region.

Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers
Farm Management Deposits crack  billion

Farm Management Deposits crack $6 billion

25 September 2017

For the first time since their introduction in 1999, Farm Management Deposits have topped $6 billion. Khan Horne, General Manager of NAB Agribusiness, explains which sectors and states have fuelled this incredible growth, and what the result means for the Australian agricultural sector. Khan Horne, General Manager, NAB Agribusiness

Farm Management Deposits crack  billion
More than chemicals: Titan Ag connects with farmers

More than chemicals: Titan Ag connects with farmers

4 September 2017

After 10 years in business, Titan Ag is now a formidable strength in holistic agricultural chemical supply, respected for competitive products, relationship building – and now for being grain producers themselves.

More than chemicals: Titan Ag connects with farmers
From crisis to culinary success: the story of Meredith Dairy

From crisis to culinary success: the story of Meredith Dairy

20 August 2017

When the Australian Government removed price reserve guarantees on wool in 1991, the resulting price collapse meant long-standing beef, lamb and wool producers Julie and Sandy Cameron had to either innovate or accept that their business would perish.

From crisis to culinary success: the story of Meredith Dairy
Going bush with the sharing economy

Going bush with the sharing economy

20 August 2017

A sharing platform for agricultural equipment could see Aussie farmers spending less on machinery and earning a sideline income hiring out gear which would otherwise sit idle in the shed. Agri View reports.

Going bush with the sharing economy
Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it

Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it

13 July 2017

Fifteen years ago, two separate groups of enthusiastic investors and abalone farmers set out to secure a footing on the global stage. It wasn’t until they joined forces in 2008 that everything changed and the farms, within the space of nine years, went from individual 70-tonne entities to being the biggest producer of abalone in the southern hemisphere.

Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it
How to boost your chances of succeeding in China

How to boost your chances of succeeding in China

26 June 2017

A new partnership between Monash University’s Food Innovation Centre and China’s largest food processing organisation, COFCO, is aimed at helping Australians better understand the Chinese retail environment.

How to boost your chances of succeeding in China
SproutX boosts agtech innovation with start-up support

SproutX boosts agtech innovation with start-up support

19 May 2017

Australia has the talent and the willing investors, so what’s holding our agtech sector back? SproutX General Manager Sam Trethewey discusses a new accelerator program and national co-working space network that could put us on a par with the world’s great innovators.

SproutX boosts agtech innovation with start-up support
Taking finger limes to the world

Taking finger limes to the world

15 May 2017

Remember the Chinese gooseberry? Not so much. Not until it turned into the kiwifruit and began turning up in fruit salads everywhere. Meet the man introducing ancient Australian bush tucker to global foodies as ‘lime caviar’.

Taking finger limes to the world
Cropping locally, competing globally

Cropping locally, competing globally

6 April 2017

Head of Asia Business Development, NAB Business & Private Bank, Laura Mattiazzi recently hosted a roundtable discussion at the Global Food Forum addressing the challenges and opportunities facing cropping industries - and how Australian businesses can compete globally.

Cropping locally, competing globally
Eye in the sky

Eye in the sky

10 February 2017

How can satellites help to combat rising global pesticide usage?

Eye in the sky
Rich Gilmore is breaking new ground in natural value

Rich Gilmore is breaking new ground in natural value

10 February 2017

Rich Gilmore left school hoping to become a wealthy stockbroker, before a trip to an African mangrove forest opened his eyes to saving the environment. “It was a life changing experience for me to see scientists and volunteers out in the field solving other people’s problems…”

Rich Gilmore is breaking new ground in natural value
Striking a balance

Striking a balance

10 February 2017

How farmers, environmentalists and investors are working together to save the Murray-Darling Basin.

Striking a balance
Super dirt

Super dirt

10 February 2017

Why is sustainable soil management so vital to our survival?

Super dirt
On a fast boat to China

On a fast boat to China

19 January 2017

A free trade zone to expedite Australian food exports into China may soon become a reality. NAB’s Chief Customer Officer believes it’s a game changer for Australian agriculture.

On a fast boat to China
Big data takes the guesswork out of farming

Big data takes the guesswork out of farming

10 January 2017

Big data could help level the playing field for small- to medium-sized farmers. The Australian Farm Institute’s Mick Keogh and Precision Agriculture’s Andrew Whitlock discuss the opportunities and how to make the most of them.

Big data takes the guesswork out of farming
Sweet taste of export success

Sweet taste of export success

13 December 2016

Cultivating fruit that’s sweet in taste, colour and consistency has positioned 2PH as a citrus market leader that can set its export price.

Sweet taste of export success
Making hay while the sun shines

Making hay while the sun shines

24 November 2016

In 2015, JT Johnson & Sons, a fourth generation family business selling ruminant animal pellet feed and hay, celebrated its 20th anniversary with Japanese joint venture partner Asahi.

Making hay while the sun shines
Chooks run the farm in Caravan Egg business

Chooks run the farm in Caravan Egg business

22 November 2016

With an eye to adding more diversity to their beef, lamb and cropping operation, the Warner family hatched a plan to use their 1,700-hectare property to house a true free range egg enterprise. Caravan Eggs is the fast-growing result.

Chooks run the farm in Caravan Egg business
The ultimate textile

The ultimate textile

10 November 2016

Sixth-generation farmer Charles Downie has managed Glenelg Estate through a period of drought and active stock reduction, to a flourishing flock producing some of the world’s finest fleece.

The ultimate textile
The nuts and bolts of becoming a global supplier

The nuts and bolts of becoming a global supplier

25 October 2016

From one product line on Australian shelves many years ago, Stahmann Farms now has an abundant 40 nut products in some of the world’s biggest supermarkets chains as well as delivering branded products into its own online store in China.

The nuts and bolts of becoming a global supplier
Five simple cyber security tips for farmers

Five simple cyber security tips for farmers

6 October 2016

Technology has been a boon for farmers but it can also make them vulnerable to a cyber attack. NAB’s Chief Information Security Officer Andrew Dell and Beyond Technology’s Greg Spencer reveal the best strategies for cyber security.

Five simple cyber security tips for farmers
Central Queensland – gearing up for serious growth

Central Queensland – gearing up for serious growth

16 August 2016

Issues such as water access, a more efficient supply chain, and the protection of the family farm are at the heart of a new regional initiative aimed at driving a new wave of growth for Central Queensland.

Central Queensland – gearing up for serious growth
A bountiful harvest

A bountiful harvest

7 June 2016

The international trend towards more nutritious, protein-rich eating is reaping healthy rewards for Australia’s largest nut and health food company, Select Harvests.

A bountiful harvest
From chef to jillaroo to entrepreneur

From chef to jillaroo to entrepreneur

1 June 2016

Rachel Brindley is the former Melbourne-based chef turned jillaroo behind Outback Careers, where tree changers can search jobs and access information about life on the land.

From chef to jillaroo to entrepreneur
How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness

How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness

14 April 2016

Cattle breeder Margo Hayes is the powerhouse behind Vitulus Lowline Stud, an award-winning semen and embryo export business with customers in a string of countries, including the US, the UK, Thailand and Italy. We share a day in her life.

How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness
High tech solution fattens Australian cows

High tech solution fattens Australian cows

23 February 2016

An advanced software system developed in Alice Springs called Precision Pastoral Management System (PPMS) is helping cattle farmers manage their land better by identifying areas in their production cycle that need to be improved. It could add an estimated $70,000 to the bottom line for the average rangeland cattle property.

High tech solution fattens Australian cows
A brand built on wholesome values

A brand built on wholesome values

19 February 2016

The Maitland family had already been farming for five generations when they decided to turn the durum wheat grown on their farm into healthy, wholegrain pasta. Pangkarra Foods are now selling their products across Australia and south-east Asia.

A brand built on wholesome values
Agricultural industry receives bn boost

Agricultural industry receives $4bn boost

18 February 2016

The recent Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper committed $4 billion to the sector but is that enough to support potential growth? Simon Talbot, CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, discusses the gains, the gaps and why the industry needs to revisit its image.

Agricultural industry receives bn boost
Exporting Australian seeds globally

Exporting Australian seeds globally

17 February 2016

While most of their neighbours were growing food crops for the domestic market, the Salvettis of North Queensland Tropical Seeds (NQTS) diversified their seed, grain and legume crops with traceable Australian-grown chia, tapping into lucrative offshore markets.

Exporting Australian seeds globally
Driven

Driven

8 December 2015

Alice Mabin re-launched her career from animal health to rural lifestyle photographer, author and entrepreneur with the launch of her self-published book, The Drover capturing an epic cattle drive. She explains how taking a risk helped her build a business doing what she loves.

Driven
The added bonus of energy-efficiency

The added bonus of energy-efficiency

13 November 2015

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is working with NAB to make energy-efficient equipment more affordable. NAB’s Robert White discusses the benefits of investing in new technology.

The added bonus of energy-efficiency
Getting kangaroo on the menu

Getting kangaroo on the menu

10 November 2015

Healthy, delicious, sustainable – and as Australian as you can get. Kangaroo meat’s praises are being sung by chefs, and farmers would love to see increased harvesting of the animals. But local consumers remain slow to put it on their regular shopping list.

Getting kangaroo on the menu
Turbocharging yields, slashing water consumption

Turbocharging yields, slashing water consumption

11 September 2015

KAITEKI Fresh has launched a hydroponic facility in Victoria that produces up to eight times as much high quality, high nutrient spinach, rocket and kale using less water than conventional farming and no pesticides.

Turbocharging yields, slashing water consumption
Sugar power

Sugar power

12 August 2015

Australia’s second-largest sugar producer also powers almost a third of Mackay. Quinton Hildebrand, Chief Executive Officer of Mackay Sugar, explains how a ‘nothing is wasted’ approach to the business is creating multiple income streams.

Sugar power
Pioneers in the piggery

Pioneers in the piggery

28 July 2015

The Brosnans used innovative technology to create a 1,300-sow piggery that’s efficient, humane and powered by electricity generated from pig manure and other waste products. We look at how they’re leading the way with their sustainable, whole-of-farm approach.

Pioneers in the piggery
Pastures so green this farmer sold his ploughs

Pastures so green this farmer sold his ploughs

27 July 2015

Jillamatong’s pastures are lush and weed free yet Martin Royds spends next to nothing on biocide sprays – and has even sold his ploughs. He discusses the role of holistic management in creating a drought-resistant environment for raising healthy cattle

Pastures so green this farmer sold his ploughs
Educators help tackle the agricultural skills shortage

Educators help tackle the agricultural skills shortage

24 July 2015

A skills shortage is affecting every aspect of Australian agriculture. Professor Jim Pratley, the author of a government review of agricultural education and training programs, discusses how schools and universities are helping boost the number of qualified people in the sector.

Educators help tackle the agricultural skills shortage
Going organic harvests business boom for young farmer

Going organic harvests business boom for young farmer

16 July 2015

Nathan Free, 26, a fourth generation Victorian farmer, named the 2014 AUSVeg Young Grower of the Year, runs Wattle Organic Farms. Launched six years ago by a group of like-minded organic growers, the business is growing at 200 percent year-on-year.

Going organic harvests business boom for young farmer
Australia’s most interesting oil baron

Australia’s most interesting oil baron

13 July 2015

D.D. Saxena, the founder and Managing Director of Riverina Oils & BioEnergy (ROBE), has built a $150 million state-of-the-art, fully integrated oilseed crushing and refining plant in Wagga Wagga that’s crushing and refining over 165,000 tonnes of oilseeds a year.

Australia’s most interesting oil baron
Salty succulents deliver booming bounty

Salty succulents deliver booming bounty

8 July 2015

Andrew French is a Gippsland farmer who’s exceeded his own expectations by turning what could have been a disastrous event into a booming business with the help of some indigenous plant species that grew and thrived in the salty estuaries of his Snowy River property.

Salty succulents deliver booming bounty
Farmers unite under the ‘True Aussie’ brand

Farmers unite under the ‘True Aussie’ brand

22 June 2015

Uniting under a single ‘True Aussie’ brand could give Australian farmers more visibility, more bargaining power and higher farm gate returns. Simon Talbot, Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation, discusses the opportunities and how farmers can make the most of them.

Farmers unite under the ‘True Aussie’ brand
Cotton farmers export orange juice to Asia

Cotton farmers export orange juice to Asia

18 June 2015

When the Estens family started growing oranges they had been cotton farmers for over 30 years. Dick Estens discusses why they decided to diversify, how they’re building a sustainable citrus industry and their success in exporting orange juice to Asia.

Cotton farmers export orange juice to Asia
Protecting our bees – and a  billion industry

Protecting our bees – and a $4 billion industry

16 June 2015

Bees that pollinate crops (worth an estimated $4 billion) are under threat from a devastating pest, the Varroa mites. Beekeeper Lindsay Bourke, a finalist in the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards, explains how biosecurity – and the bees themselves – can build up our defences.

Protecting our bees – and a  billion industry
Managing carbon boosts farm productivity

Managing carbon boosts farm productivity

4 June 2015

Mark Wootton and Eve Kantor have spent almost 20 years building up their carbon neutral sheep and cattle farm. Wootton explains how planting almost a million trees helped to double the carrying capacity of their 6700 hectares and boost their profitability.

Managing carbon boosts farm productivity
The future of drones on the farm

The future of drones on the farm

8 May 2015

Farmers are using drones to collect information on everything from germination patterns to hail damage. Peter Birch, who operates a drone for farmers around Australia, discusses their value and the role they’re likely to play in the future.

The future of drones on the farm
Australia-China Trade Report – Agribusiness focus

Australia-China Trade Report – Agribusiness focus

22 April 2015

The 2014 Australia-China Trade Report reveals China is Australia’s top dairy export market highlighting the considerable growth potential for Australian agribusiness in processed food as Chinese incomes rise.

Australia-China Trade Report – Agribusiness focus
A closed-loop approach to managing energy and waste

A closed-loop approach to managing energy and waste

22 April 2015

It started out as a way of cutting the cost of fuel. Today, Ecofuels Australia’s biodiesel operation is just one aspect of a ‘closed-loop’ system that includes rearing livestock and generating power. General Manager Peter O’Donnell discusses his commitment to sustainable practices that make economic sense.

A closed-loop approach to managing energy and waste
Turning trust into a powerful marketing tool for farmers

Turning trust into a powerful marketing tool for farmers

25 March 2015

Trust is one of the most powerful marketing tools – and consumer trust in Australian farmers is on the rise. Patrick McClelland, from public relations firm Porter Novelli, explains how putting three key principles to work can help farmers turn consumer trust into business growth.

Turning trust into a powerful marketing tool for farmers
Narrower rows could reduce the need for herbicides

Narrower rows could reduce the need for herbicides

19 March 2015

Weed control activities are costing Aussie farmers around $1.5 billion a year and herbicide resistance is on the rise. Whilst wide rows make it easier for machinery to pass through stubble they increase the need for herbicide. A return to narrower rows could be part of a balanced solution.

Narrower rows could reduce the need for herbicides
Green credentials driving coffee farmer’s overseas success

Green credentials driving coffee farmer’s overseas success

16 March 2015

After struggling to find a buyer for his first crop of coffee, Ian MacLaughlin has gone on to become Australia’s largest exporter of Arabica coffee. He explains how sustainable practices helped him to create a competitive edge and underpin his continuing success.

Green credentials driving coffee farmer’s overseas success
Chinese consumers thirsty for fresh Aussie milk

Chinese consumers thirsty for fresh Aussie milk

2 March 2015

Nine months into an ambitious export program, Norco has been exporting between 4,500 to 25,000 litres of fresh Australian milk to China each week – commanding $7 to $9 a litre. CEO Brett Kelly explains how the dairy co-operative gained a foothold in this lucrative market.

Chinese consumers thirsty for fresh Aussie milk
Agriculture leads the way in productivity gains

Agriculture leads the way in productivity gains

27 February 2015

In recent years, Australian agriculture improved its productivity by 72 percent – more than any other industry sector. Dr John Bell, who chaired an Expert Working Group reporting on productivity, discusses the role played by research and technology.

Agriculture leads the way in productivity gains
A new approach to risk management

A new approach to risk management

13 February 2015

A new approach to risk management looks at the range of variables rather than average values. Cam Nicholson, a farm consultant with Nicon Rural Services, explains how this approach can help shape a more effective risk management strategy.

A new approach to risk management
Game changer for agribusiness banking

Game changer for agribusiness banking

28 January 2015

A recent survey of over 5,000 farming customers found that 74 per cent had made changes to their businesses as a result of natural resource sustainability in the past two to three years. NAB is stepping up its recognition of the benefits of sustainable business practices.

Game changer for agribusiness banking
Secrets of a successful Wagyu farmer

Secrets of a successful Wagyu farmer

28 January 2015

David Blackmore’s melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef is recognised around the world thanks, he says, to a healthy farm and happy cattle. Today his biggest challenge is keeping up with demand from some of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs.

Secrets of a successful Wagyu farmer
Looking forward to a good year

Looking forward to a good year

23 January 2015

2015 could be a very good year for agribusiness, with easier access to Asian markets and favourable economic conditions. Five of NAB’s leading commentators take a close look at the opportunities and share their tips on how to make the most of them.

Looking forward to a good year
2015 global and local dairy outlook

2015 global and local dairy outlook

20 January 2015

The most recent Global Dairy Trade auction, held in mid December 2014, posted a small increase in weighted prices. This, combined with expectations of weaker supply growth in 2015, may point towards price stabilisation in 2015. Get the full picture on the local and global dairy outlook.

2015 global and local dairy outlook
Valuing ‘sweat equity’ in succession planning

Valuing ‘sweat equity’ in succession planning

16 January 2015

When succession planning, how do you recognise the on-farm contribution of children who’ve stayed working in the business? National Manager of Agribusiness Wealth at NAB, Bill Adams, illustrates how putting a dollar value on this ‘sweat equity’ can help explain estate planning decisions.

Valuing ‘sweat equity’ in succession planning
The buzz of a billion dollar industry

The buzz of a billion dollar industry

24 November 2014

Warren Taylor has been breeding and selling bees for over 40 years. He also rents them out to farmers to help pollinate their crops – and he’d like us all to be more aware of the role the humble honey bee plays in both global agriculture and the Australian economy. We share his story.

The buzz of a billion dollar industry
Big wins for smaller exporters: China-Australia FTA

Big wins for smaller exporters: China-Australia FTA

21 November 2014

Under the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), big opportunities will exist for agricultural exports with considerable growth potential, like dairy, beef, lamb, wine and horticultural products. Australia's wool industry will also benefit from improved trading conditions.

Big wins for smaller exporters: China-Australia FTA
Exciting opportunities for Australian agribusiness

Exciting opportunities for Australian agribusiness

18 November 2014

Following the signing of the China-Australia Free-Trade Agreement yesterday, NAB General Manager Agribusiness, Khan Horne said dairy, beef, lamb, wine, horticulture, grains and seafood are some of the sectors set to benefit, and that it's an exciting for many farmers across the country.

Exciting opportunities for Australian agribusiness
Pros and cons of grain storage versus sales

Pros and cons of grain storage versus sales

14 November 2014

While global grain prices are currently weaker than recent seasons, NAB's Greg Noonan says Australian growers are being paid a hefty premium. He's urging them to work through the pros and cons of marketing options when deciding whether to sell now or hold onto their grain.

Pros and cons of grain storage versus sales
BeefEx told China’s shift to trade offers opportunity

BeefEx told China’s shift to trade offers opportunity

8 October 2014

Speaking at the BeefEx conference on the Gold Coast today, NAB’s Regional Head of Food and Agribusiness, Patrick Vizzone, explained that China is changing how it does business and the shift in thinking from self-sufficiency to trade provides a massive opportunity for beef exporters.

BeefEx told China’s shift to trade offers opportunity
Precision farmer David Cox discusses the role of technology

Precision farmer David Cox discusses the role of technology

7 October 2014

From satellite navigation to controlled traffic zonal tillage, David Cox is at the cutting-edge of precision farming. He explains how he uses technology to reduce costs and increase efficiency on his North Queensland sugarcane farm and how he’s now helping other farmers do the same.

Precision farmer David Cox discusses the role of technology
Produce the way nature intended

Produce the way nature intended

19 September 2014

Not all fruit and vegetables can be supermodels – the wonky carrots and curly capsicums farmers often have to throw away are just as tasty and nutritious. As CEO of Spade & Barrow, Katy Barfield is committed to reducing waste and paying farmers a fair price for their whole crop.

Produce the way nature intended
Leading the way for Australian agribusiness to China

Leading the way for Australian agribusiness to China

9 September 2014

China accounts for a staggering 43 per cent of the projected increase in global agrifood demand over the next 35 years, and Australian agribusinesses are positioning themselves now to seize the business opportunities.

Leading the way for Australian agribusiness to China
Breeding Merinos for easy management and greater profit

Breeding Merinos for easy management and greater profit

1 September 2014

Keen to encourage young people to enter the sheep, meat and wool industry, Don and Pam Mudford changed the way they did business to better suit the next generation. Don opens up about his family’s commitment to breeding hardier sheep and the challenge of encouraging young people into farming.

Breeding Merinos for easy management and greater profit
Farmers using social media to grow their business

Farmers using social media to grow their business

15 August 2014

Social media can help you grow your business, deliver advice from international experts, even provide practical ways to help fix your tractor – but how do you know where to start? Digital strategist Tim Gentle explains how to develop a strategy for making the most of online opportunities.

Farmers using social media to grow their business
Three generations of farmers, one community spirit

Three generations of farmers, one community spirit

16 July 2014

Many things have changed since Malcolm Knight’s grandfather ran Golden Wattle farm, but the family’s commitment to the community is stronger than ever. Knight discusses the changes, the challenges, and a welcome trend for more young people to return to the family farm.

Three generations of farmers, one community spirit
Accurate statistics can help farmers to be more profitable

Accurate statistics can help farmers to be more profitable

15 July 2014

With information about prices, market trends and the supply chain, farmers can plan more effectively and run a more profitable business. Mick Keogh, Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute (AFI), explains the importance of statistics and where to find the most useful ones.

Accurate statistics can help farmers to be more profitable
Farming flipped on its head

Farming flipped on its head

30 June 2014

The Crothers family saw a bright future ahead in the cotton industry, but moving from livestock meant taking on a massive challenge. Douglas Crothers talks about storing a year’s supply of water, completely restructuring the farm, and the need to plan for a sound financial future.

Farming flipped on its head
Opening milk prices – now is the time to review plans

Opening milk prices – now is the time to review plans

27 June 2014

Dairy farmers are encouraged to review budgets and timing for any capital expenditure plans off the back of opening dairy price forecasts. NAB’s Neil Findlay says these plus this financial year’s stronger finish should support the confidence that’s been returning to southern producers.

Opening milk prices – now is the time to review plans
Understanding your customers’ needs

Understanding your customers’ needs

19 June 2014

Michael Worthington, Chief Executive Officer of PMA Australia-New Zealand, says the produce sector is ripe with fresh opportunities for fruit and vegetables growers of all sizes – as long as they keep pace with their customers’ changing needs.

Understanding your customers’ needs
Finding new ways for dryland farmers to stay profitable

Finding new ways for dryland farmers to stay profitable

6 June 2014

Ninety three percent of Australia’s annual grain crop is grown under dryland conditions. Southern Panel Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, explains how national and international research is helping farmers in this challenging environment.

Finding new ways for dryland farmers to stay profitable
Tax options for farmers thinking about retirement

Tax options for farmers thinking about retirement

21 May 2014

Farmers looking to retire or play a less active role in the family business have a special set of considerations at tax time. Farmers are encouraged to investigate the most effective tax solutions and their longer term wealth creation.

Tax options for farmers thinking about retirement
Fairfax summary: Federal Budget impacts to agribusiness

Fairfax summary: Federal Budget impacts to agribusiness

14 May 2014

The 2014 Federal Budget outlined some drastic measures for the agriculture sector – from changes to Landcare to additional RD&E funding. Colin Bettles, Canberra Bureau Chief, Fairfax Agricultural Media, shares his summary of the proposed measures.

Fairfax summary: Federal Budget impacts to agribusiness
Australian wine producers on the way to China

Australian wine producers on the way to China

24 April 2014

China is the world’s biggest market for red wine at 1.87 billion bottles in 2013. Australian wine producers are invited to experience first-hand Chinese tastes, the local industry and build valuable contacts with a wine study tour to China and Hong Kong.

Australian wine producers on the way to China
Winning Woolworths 2013 Supplier of the Year

Winning Woolworths 2013 Supplier of the Year

31 March 2014

Montague Fresh fought off tough competition to win the prestigious Woolworths 2013 Supplier of the Year Award. Ray Montague and his son Scott discuss the key to their success and how things have changed during their 50-year relationship with Woolworths.

Winning Woolworths 2013 Supplier of the Year
Robots open the door to more profitable farming

Robots open the door to more profitable farming

7 February 2014

Robots are rapidly moving out of science fiction and on to the farm. Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligence Systems at the University of Sydney, says they could soon be helping farmers to cut costs and increase yield - and that now is the time to prepare.

Robots open the door to more profitable farming
Encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in rural communities

Encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in rural communities

22 January 2014

Entrepreneurial thinking can strengthen rural businesses and reinvigorate entire communities. Dr Yasmin Chalmers, Director of Marcus Oldham College’s Centre for the Study of Rural Australia, explains how the EntruBIZ program is helping people to think in an entrepreneurial way.

Encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in rural communities
New Year: a time to refresh and make the most of opportunities

New Year: a time to refresh and make the most of opportunities

6 January 2014

New Year is the perfect time to be considering and reviewing your strategies for the year and putting your plans in place to make the most of opportunities. Our message to farmers is that if they’re ready for more in 2014, we’re here and ready for them.

New Year: a time to refresh and make the most of opportunities
A practical approach can make the farm a safer place

A practical approach can make the farm a safer place

30 December 2013

A farm can be a dangerous place for farmers, their families, workers and even visitors. John Temperley, Executive Officer of Farmsafe Australia, discusses some of the most common hazards and shares practical steps for making farms safer for everyone.

A practical approach can make the farm a safer place
Sanctions and embargoes: how they can impact your business

Sanctions and embargoes: how they can impact your business

11 December 2013

Do you know how sanctions and embargoes work and how they can impact your business? As an agribusiness it's important to understand your obligations in relation to domestic and international sanctions before entering into arrangements with offshore providers and/or their agents.

Sanctions and embargoes: how they can impact your business
Wheat’s season of contrast

Wheat’s season of contrast

11 November 2013

It’s a season of stark contrast for Aussie wheat growers, with those in the west and south set for a bumper season while those in the east are doing it tough. International factors are also placing downward pressure on prices, with Canada producing one of its biggest wheat crops on record.

Wheat’s season of contrast
Farmers’ Markets – another way to do business

Farmers’ Markets – another way to do business

17 October 2013

Farmers’ Markets are helping to bridge the gap between the city and the farm. Jane Adams, National Representative of the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association, explains how farmers can benefit from selling directly to their consumers.

Farmers’ Markets – another way to do business
Responding to the seismic shift in Agriculture

Responding to the seismic shift in Agriculture

2 October 2013

The 2011 Agricultural Census reveals an evolving sector - in terms of both farm and farmer. With bigger farms and more sophisticated owners to contend with, service providers need to prepare for a new and challenging landscape.

Responding to the seismic shift in Agriculture
New market opportunities for wine in China

New market opportunities for wine in China

30 September 2013

Wine sales in China are expected to increase 50 percent between 2013 and 2016. Australian wine producers have the opportunity to differentiate themselves from international competitors by concentrating on marketing more premium vintages in China.

New market opportunities for wine in China
Sustainable practices create the first carbon-neutral wine

Sustainable practices create the first carbon-neutral wine

17 September 2013

As Managing Director of Taylors Wines, Mitchell Taylor is steward of a family-owned company which was founded by his grandfather. Here, he explains how his passion for handing on a sustainable business inspired the creation of the world’s first carbon-neutral wine.

Sustainable practices create the first carbon-neutral wine
Recruiting good people in a competitive environment

Recruiting good people in a competitive environment

10 September 2013

A successful business needs quality employees but in agriculture, skills are in short supply. Rimfire Resource's Nigel Crawley suggests ways to attract the right recruits and explains how the Career Harvest initiative could bring more young people into the industry.

Recruiting good people in a competitive environment
Collaboration creates a family farm with a corporate mindset

Collaboration creates a family farm with a corporate mindset

4 September 2013

Four years ago, John Gladigau joined forces with fellow farmer Robin Schaefer to create a new business, Bulla Burra. Here Gladigau explains how the collaboration has led to improved efficiency, economies of scale and even a better lifestyle.

Collaboration creates a family farm with a corporate mindset
Indonesia: a growing market for Australian farmers

Indonesia: a growing market for Australian farmers

27 August 2013

Like China, Indonesia has a fast-growing middle class with an appetite for Australian produce. Grant Healy, Director of NAB's Asia Desk, discusses the business opportunities, available resources and the importance of paying a visit.

Indonesia: a growing market for Australian farmers
Technology supports exponential growth in a family farm

Technology supports exponential growth in a family farm

12 August 2013

30 years ago, Rushel Farm was a bare and uneven block of dirt. Today, Russell and Helen Chapman head a family concern selling over 550,000 cartons of capsicums, melons and mangoes every year. They’re also August’s featured family in the NAB Agribusiness Calendar.

Technology supports exponential growth in a family farm
Opportunities for Australian agribusiness in China

Opportunities for Australian agribusiness in China

10 July 2013

22 years after his first visit, Michael Jackson, a beef farmer and specialist in agricultural real estate, accompanied the NAB Agribusiness team on a 10-day study tour of China. Here, he discusses the country’s development, current opportunities and why he’s since made a third trip.

Opportunities for Australian agribusiness in China
We’re on the cusp of an agriculture career boom

We’re on the cusp of an agriculture career boom

2 July 2013

Agriculture in Australia has an exciting future. The changing landscape of Australian agriculture is creating a raft of opportunities across the sector and for the first time in years, agricultural student enrolments are up, and quite significantly.

We’re on the cusp of an agriculture career boom
A distinctive flavour for beers around the world

A distinctive flavour for beers around the world

17 June 2013

As owners of Ellerslie Hop Estate, the Crokes have been putting the flavour into beer for over 80 years. Managing Director Greg is the grandson of the founder and the son of the chairman - and they're June's featured family in the NAB Agribusiness calendar.

A distinctive flavour for beers around the world
World mill consumption of cotton climbs

World mill consumption of cotton climbs

14 June 2013

David Brett, NAB's Head of Agribusiness for Northern Australia, says it’s been a solid year for Australia's 1,500 cotton farms.Driven by a more positive global economic outlook, Australia looks set to export a record 1.1 million tonnes of cotton this financial year.

World mill consumption of cotton climbs
Tax time tools – Farm Management Deposits

Tax time tools – Farm Management Deposits

13 June 2013

Nationally, farmers have been using Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) at record rates - the biggest month for deposits each year has traditionally been June, as farmers look to take advantage of tax benefits before financial year end.

Tax time tools – Farm Management Deposits
Fruitful new markets – at home and overseas

Fruitful new markets – at home and overseas

20 May 2013

Until the age of 19, Evangelos Kalafatis grew fruit and herded sheep in a remote Greek village. Today he heads a family business that supplies stone fruit, apples and pears to supermarkets across Australia – and which features in the NAB Agribusiness calendar for May.

Fruitful new markets – at home and overseas